In Module 5, we will examine how we can engage hyperlinked communities of all kinds. Peter Block writes in Community: The Structure of Belonging that “communities are human systems given form by conversations that build relatedness.” Building a relationship between the librarian and the user is a step toward establishing the bonds of community. That’s why we can’t just hide behind our reference desks or our virtual lecterns and hope that students or users listen but leave us alone: active engagement begins here. If we can articulate our purpose and goals well, and use it as a basis for building community, we are on the right track.
We’ll explore examples of hyperlinked community engagement via technology tools, place-based meet ups, and engagement strategies designed to enlighten and entertain. Don’t miss the video featuring Monica Harris, at that time from Oak Park Public Library, discussing “The Idea Box” and more.
Image from ALIA
Things to Read
- Baute, N. (2013). How a modern library keeps mothers healthy in rural Ghana
- Casden, J., Nutt, M., Lown, C., & Davidson, B. (2013). My #HuntLibrary: Using Instagram to crowdsource the story of a new library.
- Pewrainangi, S. (2014). A beautiful obsession.
- Stephens, M. (2014). “Reaching All Users” in The Heart of Librarianship, p. 41
- West, J. (2014). 21st century digital divide.
- Bhaskar, N, (2016). In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back.
- Boyd, D. (2016). What World Are We Building?
- Schmidt, A. (2016). Asking the Right Questions.
- Dixon, J. (2017) Convening Community Conversation.
- Smith. C. (2017). Madison’s Library Takeover.
- Garcia-Febo, L. (2018). Serving with love: Embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do.
- Lauersen, C. (2018). Do you want to dance? Inclusion and belonging in libraries and beyond.
- Stephens, M. (2019) “Libraries in Balance” in Wholehearted Librarainship, p. 78
- Klinker, J. (2020). The Healing Power of Books.
- Williams, A. (2021). How Libraries Are Bridging the Digital Divide.
- Greenwood, C. (2022). Healthy Library, Healthy Life.
- Hasan, T.N. (2022). ‘Free, non-judgemental, accessible’: How your local library is a sanctuary of health and wellness.
Things to View
- Oak Park Public Library. (n.d.). IdeaBox Collections.
- Burnett, L. (2011). Save the Troy Library “Adventures in reverse psychology”.
Things to Explore
- TED (2009). Seth Godin: The tribes we lead.
- Havens, A. (2013). From community to technology…and back again: Part 1.
- Havens, A., & Storey, T. (2013). From community to technology…and back again: Part 2, The networked library.
- TEDxTalks. (2013). What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh.
- Los Angeles Public Library. (2015). IMLS Focus: Engaging Communities.
- OCLC (2015). The Library in the Life of the User.
- Jensen, K. (2017). Libraries resist: A round-up tolerance, tolerance, social justice and resistance in US libraries.
- Anderson, N. (2018). Curated resources on diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity for libraries
- Heresay Storytelling (2018) http://heresaystorytelling.com/
- Oak Park Public Library (2019). A New Kind of Summer School.
- Jensen, K. (2022). As Seen on #BookTok: Inspiring Young Readers, TikTok is a Boon for Books.
- Potter, N. (2022). Instagram for Libraries.
- Hursh, H. (2023). 2023 Guide to Social Media for Libraries.
- Airport Librarian (n.d). The Airport Librarian twitter feed
- American Alliance of Museums. (n.d.). Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit…
- CBOX (n.d.). Commons in a Box.
- CUNY (n.d.) CUNY Academic Commons.
- Memphis Library. (n.d.) Cloud 901 Lab